Alice Bunker Stockham () was one of the first female M.D.s in the United States. In her remarkable _Karezza_, she develops her theory of secular. Karezza, Ethics of Marriage, by Alice B. Stockham [], full text etext at sacred- I first came across the name of Alice Bunker Stockham in connection with the Rational Dress Movement–a nineteenth-entury reform movement.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Return to Book Page. Katrina Schofill added it Jul 20, Here is an excerpt from one written by a young husband, married for 4 years:.

In fact, the Church once burned or otherwise murdered half a million Christian Cathars in Southern France for suggesting that celibacy was a good idea in relationships. Stockham’s interest in birth control could not overcome her fear that a mechanical sperm barrier would prevent “the complete interchange of magnetism” a theory popular stochkam 19th century sexual-spiritual teachers.

More theoretical than practical ie it tells you the why rather than the how, it is an early book on the subject and many have followed. Reading just a bit about her, reforming women’s clothing is the least of her many efforts on behalf of women. The reading should exalt the spirit, reminding one of the power and source of life.

The meditation should be an act of giving up one’s will and concepts to allow cosmic intelligence to flow through one with new inspiration. This section possibly contains original research.

Alice Bunker Stockham’s “Karezza: Ethics of Marriage”

The Sacred Congregation forbade the faithful to practice and priests and spiritual directors even to suggest that “a reserved embrace” was acceptable.

The aims of the reformers were to free women from the dictates of fashion which didn’t–and doesn’t–seem to have been successful, at least if you spend any time at all looking at the women in music videos, on the red carpet, or, for that matter, in college classroomsbut especially from the devastating physical effects of corsets and “tight lacing. Karszza of Marriage is long out of print, but you can read it online at this site.


Although she was a general practitioner, she specialized in obstetrics and gynecology.

Alicf so consummates marriage that alide the power of will, and loving thoughts, the crisis is not reached, but a complete control by both husband and wife is maintained throughout the entire relations, a conscious conservation of creative energy…. She writes that there are deeper purposes to our reproductive faculties than are generally understood.

The common daily sarcasms of married people are at an end, the unseemly quarrels have no beginnings and the divorce courts are cheated of their records. Inshe published Karezza: In the course of an hour the physical tension subsides, the spiritual exaltation increases, and not uncommonly visions of a transcendent life are seen and consciousness of new powers experienced. She also rejected Noyes’ polyamorous ideas and promoted Karezza as a way to strengthen marriage and monogamy.

Both growth and satisfaction are attained through altruistic desires, and through the interrelations between the partners’ higher selves.

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Wikisource has original text related to this article: In Karezza, however, she recommends to a woman addicted to masturbation that she treat her urge as a call to do Spirit’s work in the world, and pour her energy into some beneficial undertaking.

Stockman inthen received more training at the Chicago Homeopathic Medical Collegewhich opened in Alice Bunker Stockham November 8, in Cardington, Ohio — December 3, in Alhambra, California was an obstetrician and gynecologist from Chicago and the fifth woman to become a doctor in the United States.

She was very active in studying spirituality and the power of the mind, practiced homeopathy, believed in both the fatherhood and motherhood of God, was in favor of temperance, served as a trance medium, and was an active suffragette. In her view, marital unhappiness is caused chiefly by ignorance of the psycho-physiological laws governing sexual union. In addition, she provided copies of Tokology to penniless women and former prostitutes to sell door-to-door to earn their livings including with each volume a certificate for a free gynecological exam at her clinic.


Pavel Litos marked it as to-read Feb 25, And before or during union, she recommends that lovers consecrate their union with the following: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Feb 03, Steve Bedford rated it really liked it.

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For example, Noyes, who was gravely concerned with regulating pregnancy, recommended that men avoid orgasm but did not object to female orgasm. Now to Alice Bunker. Thomas added it Aug 14, Want to Read saving…. Kim Knight, rated it really liked it Mar 31, Each copy came with a bound-in certificate signed by Stockham and entitling the bearer to a free gynecological exam.

Despite the many benefits of Stockham’s approach, including granting couples the ability to choose opportunities for parenthood without contraceptives, the Vatican did not like Karezza or its relatives.

Karezza: Ethics of Marriage

For some it was merely a method of birth control; for others it expressed spiritual love through control of the flesh.

Perhaps the most well-known name associated with the efforts to reform women’s clothing is that of Amelia Bloomerwho in introduced her trouser-like “bloomers” in order to free women from the excessive weight of their crinolines–the combined weight of a woman’s skirt and petticoats meant that poundsperhaps as many as thirteen poundswere hanging off of a woman’s waist.

A passion for sacred sex However, her zeal for sacred sexuality is surely her most intriguing facet. Ronald Clarke marked it as to-read Apr 23, Carolina marked it as to-read Jun 13, Stockham may not have had access to recent neurochemical research about the unfortunate aftereffects of over-stimulating the brain’s reward circuit, but she did note that.

There she may have learned about tantra.

For a clear ,arezza that “Christ’s law” may well have favored of “a reserved embrace,” have a look at “The Sacrament of the Bridal Chamber: